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14 Budget & Kid Friendly Toledo Outings

Winter is coming to an end, which means it’s time to get the kids out of the house again. If you’re looking for things to do around Toledo, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a list of 14 kid-friendly Toledo outings that won’t break the bank.

Free Things to do in Toledo

Let’s start with the options that are completely free. Pack a lunch for the kids and take them on a day trip that won’t cost you a dime at these nine spots.

Toledo Zoo
Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Did you know the Toledo Zoo is free every Monday? Visit from 10 am to 12 pm to get in free, and let your kids have a blast getting up close and personal with the wild animals.

Stranahan Arboretum
The Stranahan arboretum was ranked number 40 on a list of the “50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums.” Run by the University of Toledo, this is a great place to get out in nature and learn more about both exotic and local plants in the city.

Toledo Metroparks
There are 12 Toledo Metroparks, which means there’s one close by no matter where you are in the area. The Toledo Metroparks are all different, and all boast unique things to do. Play on a playground, have a picnic, go hiking, bike riding, canoeing, fishing, all without leaving the beautiful Metropark system.

Toledo Museum of Art
Tap into your kid’s creative side at the Toledo Museum of Art. Explore the latest exhibitions, and then drop into the Family Center so your kids can create some hands-on art.

Firefighters Museum
For many children, firefighters are real-life heroes. Get free admission into Old Firehouse 18, which has been transformed into a museum. The kids will love seeing trucks, uniforms, and old memorabilia. Turn it into a chance to teach them about fire safety to make the experience both exciting and educational.

Toledo Botanical Garden
The Toledo Botanical Garden is one of the city’s most beautiful Metroparks. The outdoor museum for plants features a lake, gazebos, greenery and plenty of nature for kids to explore.

Visit Your Local Library
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library has 20 locations around the area. It’s a great place for story time with the kids, but there are also plenty of special events to take advantage of. Free concerts, classes to learn skills, and sing and dance alongs for preschoolers are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit the events page of your local branch’s website to see what’s happening this month.

Police Museum
If your kids enjoyed the Firefighter Museum, the Toledo Police Museum is sure to be another hit. They can have their mugshot taken, check out an old-fashioned police wagon, and even get locked up in a jail cell!

Home Depot Kid Workshops
A trip to Home Depot doesn’t have to be a chore anymore. The store has plenty of locations in Toledo and offers free hands-on workshops for kids. Check out the calendar at your preferred location to see dates and times.

Budget-Friendly Kids Outings

Once you check all the free hotspots off your list, there are still some great outings for your kids that won’t break the bank. Here are five of our favorite day trips in Toledo that the kids are sure to enjoy.

Roller Skating
Ohio Skate has locations in both Downtown Toledo and Maumee. Monthly specials and early bird hours mean that if you go at the right time, you and your kids can skate for $5 each including the rental cost.

Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory
See the Ritter Planetarium’s public programs every Friday evening, and on Saturdays as well during the academic year. The Friday shows are at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids.

Funagins Arcade
We’re not sure who will enjoy this outing more, the parents or the kids. Step back in time at the Funagins Arcade in Sylvania. Have fun playing dozens of games, winning tickets, and choosing prizes. The arcade also features laser tag and a paintball field if you’re feeling more adventurous!

Catch a Game
There are plenty of budget-friendly options to see a game in Toledo. Local teams include the Toledo Mud Hens baseball, the Toledo Walleye hockey, and University of Toledo collegiate events. Tickets for the Toledo Hens start as low as $13 each.

Erie Orchards and Cider Mills
The Erie Orchard is a perfect summer and fall activity. Your kids will have a blast picking blueberries, apples, and peaches, watching a magic show, and even taking a hayride in the orchard. Sample the fresh donuts and cider, and explore the pumpkin patches in the fall.

There are so many great things to do in Toledo for children of every age. As the weather warms up, use this list of 14 kid-friendly outings to have fun in the area on any budget!

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